Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Feature: A bit of every day handmade!

Hey everyone! This is a scheduled entry, since right now I'm in India, and with the landing, and whatever else will come up, I was pretty sure I wasn't gonna have time for a blog entry for today.

This Friday Feature is a way to show off some great items, for every day use, like my coffee mug, my new work bag and my newest sleeve for my Xoom (that will be the travel sleeve).

I adore my On Cupcake Moon coffee mug, and I love enjoying a cappuchino made with my Dolce Gusto coffee maker!

When I saw this tablet sleeve in StellarCheri's shop, I knew I had to get it, and it'll be my traveling sleeve for my Xoom!

And this is my newest work bag, a Charlotte Dolly bag! My other bag, the Bowling bag needed retirement, so I chose another Dolly bag!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday Munchies: Lemon Muffins!

Hello everyone! Somewhat regular blogging from India! From my tablet, using my sister-in-law's wifi... while we're planning G's nephew b-day party! So in that festive mood, I leave you with a yummy recipe for Monday Munchies!

Lemon Muffins
Makes 16-18


- 2 or 3 lemons
- 60 ml lemon yogurt
- 300 gr plain flour
- 2 eggs
- 180 gr sugar
- 15 gr baking powder
- 125 ml sunflower oil


- Wash and dry one lemon, you'll need the grated zest. Squeeze all lemons, to get 125 ml of lemon juice (use more lemons if need be, mine were small, so I used 5). Make sure you filter it so there won't be any seeds. Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl till they whiten and double their size. If you do it with electric mixer it'll be easier and done in a shorter time.

- Add oil, juice, grated zest and yogurt and mix well so there are no lumps. Sieve in the flour with the baking powder, and mix again till al ingredients are well mixed. Let the batter sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature. Preheat oven at 180ºC.

- Prepare the muffin pan with liners (since it yields about 16 to 18, you might need two pans or make two turns in the oven) and fill them up till 3/4. Bake for 20 minutes. Once they're done (test with a toothpick and if it comes out clean, they're done) get them in a rack to cool.

Wearing Handmade Wednesday: How to get ready to attend a wedding handmade style!

Hello everyone! I'm feeling pretty hyper today, even after two night shifts on a row! Why, well, cause tomorrow I'm flying to India! 3 weeks on vacation with the bf, absolute bliss!

This week's Wearing Handmade Wednesday is not dedicated to one seller only, it is actually a way to show how you can go to a wedding, looking great and wearing only handmade pieces! (except for the shoes).

This photo is mostly to show off my straight hair, and the awesome job Isa, the MUA & owner of Primer Plano Maquillaje Profesional did with my make up!

Here you can see part of my Vivifromage dress, my Glamasaurus ring, StellarCheri wristlet and my Pet Zombie Creations necklace!

Wearing my Isla New York Jasmine jacket, with the Glamasaurus geisha brooch

Here you can see my Isla New York Leila leggins/stockings and my Mary Jane high heels (that I bought on eBay years ago!)

Close up of my amazing Pet Zombie Creations necklace and the Glamasaurus ring

The Jasmine jacket with the Glamasaurus geisha brooch and the StellarCheri wristlet

And a shot of the full look at the wedding venue itself, never mind my super pale face!

If you like what I wore: the Jasmine jacket is available in three colours at Isla New York's Etsy shop; the Vivifromage dress was a limited edition piece (only 3 were made and each one was a different size & colour) but she has many great items in her website, her autumn collection is also almost sold out!; my Pet Zombie Creation's necklace was also one-of-a-kind, but Destry has many amazing necklaces in her Etsy shop, my Glamasaurus ring & brooch are also one-of-kind, but Andreanna has other geisha brooches in her Etsy shop; the Leila stockings/leggins are not available right now at Isla New York's shop, but she might bring them back for autumn season; and the Stellarcheri wristlet is available in many colours in her Etsy shop via this custom listing.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Munchies: Goat's Cheese and Zucchini mini pizzas!!

Hello everyone! Monday is here, and even though I work night shift tonight and tomorrow, I'm leaving for India on Thursday! So this is gonna be a short week for me!

To start the week right I wanna share a yummy recipe with you all for this week's Monday Munchies!

Goat's Cheese & Zucchini mini pizzas
Serves 4


- 400 gr flour
- 20 gr fresh yeast
- 2 small zucchini
- 2 teaspoons of dried oregano
- 3 thyme springs
- 200 gr goat's cheese (the roll variery)
- olive oil
- tomatoes & lettuce to make some side salad.
- salt


- Wash & dry thyme. Separate the leaves and put them in a bowl, add three tablespoons olive oil and let macerate.

- Put the flour in a bowl with the yeast diluted in 10 dl warm water. Add 50 ml olive oil and a pinch of salt and mix with a spatula. Knead the dough with your hands till it's elastic. Leave it to reast for 30 minutes, covered, in a warm place. Then, split it into 4 pieces, and with the help of a rolling pin make 4 discs.

- Add some tomato sauce for extra juiciness, then bake the dough in the preaheated oven at 180ºC for 5 minutes. Wash the zucchini, dry & slice them. Distribute the zucchini slices and the goat's cheese sliced over the 4 pieces. Add some salt and pour the thyme oil. Bake for 10 more minutes. Grill for a pair more minutes and serve with the tomatoes & lettuce as side salad.

- Enjoy!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Song: Across The Stars - John Williams (Attack of the Clones soundtrack)

Saturday is here, and today inspired by two weddings, Sara's (one of my co-workers) and Beth's (from Dungaree Dolly), I'm sharing with you a song I love, and that I want as part of my wedding(s) somehow!

Main song for the Attack of the Clones (Star Wars: Episode II) soundtrack, and a wonderfully epic love song for Anakin and Amidala.

May The Force Be With You (and your love story will have a happier ending than theirs!).

Friday, October 7, 2011

Shopping Handmade: Pilu's birthday, or how to buy handmade for a nurse!

Hey there! Today is Friday, and I've decided to bring back an old feature of mine, called Shopping Handmade, where I show off what handmade goodies I've bought as gifts for people, and how much they love them!

For today is the early gifts for Pilu's b-day, since I'm actually leaving for India on her b-day, and I have the days after today quite super busy! So after working night shift, I've met up with her and Esther, and I've ended up feeling like a hobbit! Wonder why?, not size related!, but I had breakfast (with Esther) and then I had second breakfast! (with Pilu). Somehow I managed to miss Elevensies there tho...

Let's start with the showing off!

As Pilu is in love with Zombie Pirate, I knew I had to get her a RockyTheZombie tee, and the new "Pirates in a Boat" print was too awesome to pass up, so I got her that one, and she is completely in love!!

Next, Pilu finally got her mini-Pilu from Camamiel, and now she's the proud owner of a nurse doll, wonderfully crafted, that looks like her, and even has a mini-Indy!!

Both mini-Pilu and mini-Indy are too cute for words! And Pilu is now super happy cause she finally has her Camamiel alter-go! Working with Ana from Camamiel is always a joy, and even more when I know her creations are gonna be loved and cherished, like all the nurse dolls I've gifted so far have been!

Ana was so nice to even send me a postcard of a photo of mini-Pilu & mini-Indy as a happy b-day card for Pilu, and she loved it!!

And last, but clearly not least, Catalepsia, a nurse paper doll, also from Camamiel! Pilu was trying to decide if she's gonna get her to decorate her car, her locker at work, or her reading room at home!

Now, it's time for me to take a lil nap, and then decide what bag to take as my carry-on luggage this time! Have a great Friday!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Traveling Thursday: Tunisia!

Hello everyone!

After working two night shifts of a row, celebrating a friend's b-day (with Red Velvet cupcakes again), I'm now back to somewhat regular scheduled blogging, which can get iffy soon, as I'm leaving for India next week! I JUST CAN'T WAIT!

So, today I'm sharing with you the photos of my first international trip on this week's Traveling Thursday, our "end of uni" trip to Tunisia in 2001! Before this, I knew I wanted to travel loads and visit many places, but this trip confirmed that I'd have a blast doing so! This was the first time I needed a passport, so I got my passport when I was 20, and have been collecting stamps on it since!

The Star Wars geek in me was super happy when we visited some locations used in the movies during our trip, and my classmates really did a bit of head shaking on my geekiness!

The Matmata caves, better known as the Lars Homestead!

My first ride on a dromedary! (Also I learnt the difference between a camel (two humps) and a dromedary (just one)

One would expect the desert to be hot, even in Feb, right? Well, not so much!

We visited an oasis, and had a great time exploring around!

We also visited one of the best preserved Roman's colliseums in Jem!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Monday Munchies: Chai Cupcakes with Honey icing!

Hello everyone! Monday is here to start another week, and to start it right, I'm bringing one of the promised recipes from my b-day foods for this week's Monday Munchies!

This recipe is a mix between the Chai Latte cupcakes from the "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World" book and the icing is from a recipe from a new blog I've discovered: Carrot Cake!

Chai Cupcakes with Honey icing
Makes 12 cupcakes


- 225 ml soy or rice milk
- 4 black tea bags or 2 tablespoon loose tea
- 50 ml canola oil (I used olive oil)
- 125 ml vanilla or plain soy yogurt (I used plain)
- 175 mg granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300 mg all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 ground cloves
- Pinch of ground black or white pepper


- Preheat oven to 180ºC and line cupcake pan with cupcake cases.
- Heat soy milk in a small saucepan over medium till almost boiling. Add tea bags, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 10 minutes. Then dunk teabags a few times in the milk and squeeze gently to extract any soy milk before removing, and discard the tea bags. Measure the milk & tea mixture and add more milk if it's less than 225 ml.
- In a large bowl, whisk together oil, yogurt, sugar, vanilla and milk & tea mixture till all yogurt lumps disappear. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and pepper into wet ingredients. Mix until large lumps disappear; some small lumps are ok.
- Fill cases full and bake for about 20 to 22 minutes until a toothpick come out clean.

Honey icing


- 100 gr room temperature unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons honey
- 5 tablespoons icing sugar


- In a bowl mix together butter with sugar, honey and vanilla extract till we have a thick cream. If done by hand, it'll take longer and the consistency won't be as great as if done in a KitchenAid (for example) but it'll look good enough.
- I used the Wilton 2D tip, that makes those pretty roses without much effort at all!

I just can't wait to keep baking, and to learn loads in the couse I will be making in November with Alma from Alma's Cupcakes & Objetivo: Cupcake Perfecto!!